Month: December 2014

Volvo’s new technology which can avoid bicycle crashes

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50 % of all cyclists killed in European traffic have collided with a car, while the States see nearly 50,000 cyclist fatalities and injuries each year. Volvo Cars wants to do something about that and has teamed up with protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson to try to end crashes between cars and bikes. In order to achieve that, the three companies have developed a wearable cycling tech concept which will be revealed at International CES January 6 2015 in Las Vegas.The safety technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication between Volvo drivers and cyclists and thereby avoid accidents. The system will offer proximity alerts to both parties.Volvo’s cars come with a standard feature on the all-new XC90, already can detect, warn and auto-brake to avoid collisions with cyclists. The cyclist’s position can be shared through the Volvo cloud to the car, and vice versa, using a popular smartphone app for bicyclists, like Strava. If an imminent collision is calculated, both road users will be warned – and enabled to take the necessary action to avoid a potential accident.The Volvo driver will be alerted to a cyclist nearby through a head-up display alert and  the cyclist will also be warned via a helmet-mounted alert light.155704_World_first_technology_by_Volvo_and_POC_connects_cycle_helmets_with_cars-e1418986510626

I think it is great that Volvo is introducing a technology that can save and avoid many deaths. As i have mentioned earlier that 50 % of all cyclists killed in European traffic have collided with a car, while the States see nearly 50,000 cyclist fatalities and injuries each year. I think this is a very good idea since many people want to be healthy and they ride their bikes but they had the fear of being crashed into a car. But now with this new technological development many people will allow themselves to ride their bikes and be healthy. Now I think they wouldn’t have anything to fear. I know for a fact that people fear this because I am one of them. I do fear Of my life that a car might accidentally crash into me. But that won’t happen in the future any more.

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Credit Card as a watch? No Way!

 

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Royal Bank of Canada thinks the world is ready to have their very own Credit Card as a watch.The bank has paired with Toronto-based technology developer Bionym to test a wristband called Nymi (pronounced Nim-ee), which identifies owners through their unique heartbeat and then lets them charge purchases to their credit card.The device looks like a watch, and will soon grace the wrists of 250 RBC clients and staff under a pilot project in Toronto which will start in February 2015. The Royal Bank hopes to get this product all across the country.For now, the Nymi band will only work with MasterCard, though eventually the Royal Bank hopes to allow debit transactions.The wristband has sensors that are programmed to recognize the unique electrical signals emitted by the user’s heart, also called an electrocardiogram. Without the heartbeat identifier the Nymi band shuts down, making it useless it someone steals the device and tries to access your account.

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This will mean that the customers would be wearing their payment options on their wrist. I think this is a very good step towards the future. People wouldn’t have to keep track of so many cards at once. I mean why would they when they can just wear it. Nowadays criminals have been stealing credit cards. With this device their won’t be as much crime rate as this device would be useless to anyone other than it’s original owner. I would definitely buy this if I ever could.

A New Taxi App That Will Ease A New Yorker’s Tensions

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Hailing down a cab in the city during a storm is a past time near to impossible. Car services such as Lyft and Uber ease the burden of having to wait impatiently in the rain by allowing riders to request a car and track the time of its arrival. However, surge prices during peak transportation times, which includes rainy nights, has negatively impacted the average commuter. These particular rides fares often exceed any reasonable amount that one might pay for a regular taxi.A new law will require New York City to have its own app for hailing cabs and act as a single-stop platform for drivers. The taxi app will incorporate third party services such as Lyft and Uber so drivers can respond to any customer in need of a ride.

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City Council Member and software developer Ben Kallos introduced the bill with the hope that a free New York branded Universal E-Hail App would leverage technology rather than force companies out of business by making their apps illegal. I think this app will benefit many people, but I also believe that this app will run companies like Lyft and Uber to the ground. This app if approved by the New York government will be free and I know for a fact that people would rather have something for free than something with doubled prices.